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Board Certified Trial Attorneys Helping You & Your Family Find Justice

New Port Richey Wrongful Death Lawyers

If Your Loved One Was Killed in an Accident, We Can Help You Find Justice

The loss of a family member can disrupt someone’s life—permanently. Though you will remember your loved one in your heart forever, the loss of daily support and companionship is emotionally devastating. It’s also heartbreaking to know their death was totally preventable. If your loved one was involved in a fatal accident caused by someone else’s careless behavior, you have the right to pursue justice on their behalf.

Criminal courts may fail to convict or allow plea bargains that allow the at-fault party to walk away with light charges and little punishment. These courts never do anything for the family of the victim, despite their suffering. With a wrongful death claim, you can hold someone accountable for the behavior that allowed them to walk away from an accident while your loved one could not.

We can help you pursue justice after a tragic and preventable death. Call our New Port Richey wrongful death attorneys today at (727) 877-1212.

How to File a Wrongful Death Claim

Florida allows anyone to file a personal injury claim if someone else’s negligent behavior hurts them. When the victim suffers a tragic death, their right to pursue damages is shifted to their survivors. This includes immediate family members like the:

  • Spouse
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Blood relatives or adopted siblings who were fully dependent on the deceased

In some cases, the representative for the deceased may also bring an action on behalf of the estate.

How Do I Know if the Accident Justifies a Claim?

The criteria for a wrongful death action in Florida are simple: If the deceased had survived the accident and would have been eligible to file a personal injury suit after, you have the right to file on their behalf.

Statute 768.19 lists four causes that may form the basis of a suit:

  1. Wrongful act
  2. Negligence
  3. Default
  4. Breach of contract

In plain English, if anyone—person or company—either made a serious mistake or ignored the risks of a situation, you might be able to hold them legally responsible for your loved one’s death. This can include preventable motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and more.

What If I’m Not Entirely Sure of the Cause?

Especially when accident witnesses pass away, it can be difficult to know exactly what happened. As lawyers, we are also investigators. We can work with accident reconstruction specialists and engineers to identify whether a human mistake caused the accident or if a product malfunction was involved. Few people know the full details of any case when they bring it to a law firm. We are experienced in piecing together the evidence to get a full picture of what happened.

Why Should I File?

It’s Okay to Need Help

When you lose a family member, you lose one of your biggest sources of support. This is true both in an emotional sense, where words can never truly capture the pain, and in a demonstrable sense. You may have lost a vital salary that was putting children through school or helping you pay off a house. Your plans for your financial futures and estates may have to change.

Your grieving process shouldn’t be disrupted by a job search. Recovering financial compensation can allow you to put your needs first as you try to navigate a new reality. It will give you a way to continue supporting yourself and your family while you decide what you want to do next.

Your Loved One Deserved Better

Deciding to hold the at-fault party responsible on the behalf of the deceased is a gesture of justice. No one should be allowed to ignore the consequences of their actions. By filing a suit, you ask the person behind the accident to take responsibility and do what they can to atone for their behavior.

Deciding to start a wrongful death case isn’t easy, but it may help you regain some sense of security and closure after a senseless loss. Even if you don’t think you want to sue, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney. Our wrongful death lawyers in New Port Richey can help you understand your rights and provide passionate guidance.

We offer free consultations in our New Port Richey office. There’s no obligation attached—so call our team at (727) 877-1212 to learn how you can get justice.

We Have Recovered Over $95 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

Reviews From Our Clients

  • “Morgan Gaynor & Grace were awesome and very informative.”

    Dwight H.

  • “Mark, you and Grace were always very helpful and prompt in returning my calls.”

    Edward R.

  • “They really do take their job serious and they really care about their clients!”

    Karen W.

  • “The expertise of this firm is wonderful.”

    Grace M.

  • “I feel the staff and handling of my case was impressive and extremely professional.”

    Loretta R.

  • “I really felt taken care of by your team. Everyone was very professional.”

    Mary R.

  • “At Roman and Gaynor it is not just about winning your case, it is also about making sure that you are taken care of physically and emotionally.”

    Co Ah

  • “They Provided Helpful and Prompt Responses.”

    Edward R.

  • “Agradezco toda su ayuda y con mucho gusto los seguire recomendando.”

    Maria S.

  • “Thank you everyone at Roman & Gaynor. You really took care of me.”

    Luis G.

  • “I can attest that your motto "We Really Care" and "Compassionate Justice" are not just mere words...”

    Kally F.

  • “At a very low point in my life, Roman & Gaynor was very professional, protective, and patient with me. I appreciate and needed that.”

    Paula S.

  • “Your firm more than met our expectations. We were extremely satisfied!”

    Garrett P.

  • “We were so very confident in the firm's ability, and were never disappointed.”

    Joseph S.

  • “Your firm cares about taking care of their people. I would refer them and use them again if needed.”

    Sultana M.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $95 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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